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Inspection: 303081145 - Cf Industries, Inc.

Inspection Information - Office: Baton Rouge

Nr: 303081145Report ID: 0625700Open Date: 05/25/2000

Cf Industries, Inc.
39018 Hwy 3089
Donaldsonville, LA 70346
Union Status: NonUnion
SIC: 2873/Nitrogenous Fertilizers
Mailing: P.O. Box 468, Donaldsonville, LA 70346

Inspection Type:Accident
Scope:Partial Advanced Notice:Y
Ownership:Private
Safety/Health:Safety Close Conference:11/17/2000
Emphasis: N:PsmpqvClose Case:02/26/2002

Related Activity:TypeIDSafetyHealth
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Violation Summary
Serious Willful Repeat Other Unclass Total
Initial Violations 12 2 14
Current Violations 12 2 14
Initial Penalty $149,850 $0 $0 $0 $0 $149,850
Current Penalty $149,850 $0 $0 $0 $0 $149,850
FTA Amount $0 $0 $0 $0 $0 $0

Violation Items
# ID Type Standard Issuance Abate Curr$ Init$ Fta$ Contest LastEvent
  1. 01001 Serious 19100119 D03 II 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $149,850 $149,850 $0 -
  2. 01002 Serious 19100119 E05 11/22/2000 03/26/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  3. 01003 Serious 19100119 J04 IV 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  4. 01004 Serious 19100119 K01 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  5. 01005 Serious 19100119 L01 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  6. 01006A Serious 19100119 M01 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  7. 01006B Serious 19100132 A 11/22/2000 02/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  8. 01007 Serious 19100119 M03 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  9. 01008A Serious 19100119 O03 11/22/2000 01/24/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  10. 01008B Serious 19100119 O04 11/22/2000 01/24/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  11. 01009 Serious 19100120 Q03 I 11/22/2000 12/27/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  12. 01010A Serious 19100146 E05 II 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  13. 01010B Serious 19100252 C04 I 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  14. 01011A Serious 19100146 E05 I 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  15. 01011B Serious 19100146 E06 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  16. 01011C Serious 19100146 F02 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  17. 01011D Serious 19100146 F06 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  18. 01011E Serious 19100146 F10 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  19. 01012A Serious 19100146 I01 11/22/2000 02/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  20. 01012B Serious 19100146 I02 11/22/2000 02/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  21. 01012C Serious 19100146 J01 11/22/2000 02/28/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  22. 01012D Serious 19100146 J02 11/22/2000 12/11/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  23. 02001 Unclass 19100119 J02 11/22/2000 05/31/2001 $0 $0 $0 -
  24. 02002A Unclass 19100119 J04 II 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -
  25. 02002B Unclass 19100119 J05 11/22/2000 11/30/2000 $0 $0 $0 -

Accident Investigation Summary
Summary Nr: 200551638Event: 05/24/2000Three Killed, Eight Injured In Ammonia Tank Explosion
At approximately 11:30 p.m. on May 24, 2000, Employees #1 through #12 were working in the #3 ammonia plant. Employee #7 was vacuuming desiccant from inside mole sieve vessel #109D-B, which was adjacent to vessel 109D-C. The 109D-C was one of three identical vessels at the facility that removed moisture and carbon monoxide from a synthesis gas used in the manufacture of ammonia. The 109D-C, which had been taken off line to replace its desiccant material, had been online for approximately 11 1/2 hours when the vessel exploded into flame. Employee #7 was killed instantly in the explosion. Employees #2 through #4 and #8 through 11, who were working as his attendants or were conversing with the client's representatives, all suffered severe burns. No information on injuries was provided for Employee #5. Employee #12, a forklift driver, was thrown during the blast and suffered injuries to his neck and back. Employee #6, a crane operator for the permanent maintenance contractor, suffered from severe burns and was hospitalized for several weeks before he died. Employee #1, an ammonia operator, was standing on the catwalk above the 109D-C when it exploded. He also suffered severe burns and died several weeks later. Subsequent inspection of the vessel revealed a cracked weld. Apparently, an inadequate repair job had been made to the weld two days before the accident.
Keywords: explosion, burn, ejected, fire, broken weld, ammonia, storage tank, inadequate maint
Inspection Degree Nature Occupation
1 303081145 Fatality Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
2 303081145 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
3 303081145 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported
4 303081145 Hospitalized injury Burn/Scald(Heat) Occupation not reported

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